Putting a Business on the Right Course with Strong Systems

Imagine you’re captain of a large ship. You’re sailing along, but you have a feeling something’s not right. You look at the horizon, check your charts and instruments, and discover – sure enough – you’re headed completely in the wrong direction.

Sometimes running a business is a little like that. Sometimes you find yourself off course, but there is almost never any one thing you can do to instantly fix things. Usually, it’s a series of smaller things that you need to work on to gradually bring the business around.

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How Do I Get More Landscaping Customers?

Creating a Landscaping Business Marketing PlanThat’s the million-dollar question? Someone asks me that question almost every day. 

Attracting new customers is a common problem, but it doesn’t have a simple, one-size-fits-all answer. Every business is unique and the best answer depends on quite a lot of details.

No matter what the specifics are for any given company, getting new customers and growing your business always starts in one place.

Your Marketing Plan

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What Do You Find ‘Sexy’ in the Landscaping Business?

Landscaping Design & Install vs. Maintenance

I know what kind of jobs I look for in landscape. What kind of job do you consider sexy?

Is it a five- or six-figure design and install job?

A huge job that keeps a crew busy for three months?

We’re going to look at three ways maintenance differs from design-and-install...

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Landscape Industry Financial Numbers: What Do They Tell Us?

I’m always fascinated by the results of various surveys and reports about the landscaping industry. Even though I keep up with these things, I’m often surprised when I see some of the data.

I’ve been a fan of Lawn and Landscape’s State of the Industry reports, so I thought I’d dig in and share my thoughts about a few of the statistics they reported.

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Being Deliberate About Business Growth

Sustained business growth doesn't always come easily. To achieve growth – and more importantly, to handle and sustain it – you need to plan and prepare.

Here are three key steps to sustained growth.

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News: Introducing the Partners in Our First Franchise

Driven Landscapes Opens New Location in Massachusetts

Driven Landscapes Franchising, a professional leader in the residential landscaping industry, announced they’ve awarded a new franchise territory to Ryan Debler and Sean Cleary of Walpole, Massachusetts.

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Keep your sanity and grow your landscaping business during the Fall cleanup season

Fall 2012: I’m up by 5:00 AM. On a job site before 7:30. Breakfast and lunch in the truck, between jobs. I continue digging leaves out of corners, crevices, and window wells until after dark. I think about heading home, but first I need to make several stops to quote jobs in the dark.

I finally get home, but I’m the owner so the workday isn’t done.

Fall 2016: Things are better now, thanks to a strong system and a strong team...

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